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This question was published and self-answered with a copy & paste from this source. I honestly find that kind of actions a bit sad as you are just mining rep and contributing nothing but, is this an approved behaviour?

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  • I saw that question before posting this one but, while I'm in favour of auto answering questions, I'm against doing it by Coping&Pasting as it contributes nothing. No need to even elaborate. – sysfiend Nov 24 '16 at 18:15
  • As long as they attribute, it doesn't matter to us. – Frank Nov 24 '16 at 18:22
  • There's not even link to source.. – sysfiend Nov 24 '16 at 18:23
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    There is now. Sometimes, just asking for it works. – Frank Nov 24 '16 at 18:41
  • Right, the question was just a pure example though, I don't see that kind of Q&A to be fair. True that then people will upvote or downvote your answer but I think it's not the way to contribute to the site. – sysfiend Nov 24 '16 at 18:46
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    Copypasta is a valid answer. Is it very high quality? Not really. But that's what up and downvotes are for. You can Google an answer; that's totally fine. – Frank Nov 24 '16 at 18:58
  • True that. Let's just promote sourcing then – sysfiend Nov 24 '16 at 18:59
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Self answers are supported and encouraged. If its a problem others may have, there's nothing wrong with asking and answering instantly. So long as others feel it is useful, it will get up votes.

That said, if you're answering with something pulled from elsewhere, you do have to attribute it. Not doing so is plagiarizing, and subject to summary deletion. We do try to encourage people to attribute before resorting to that, though.

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